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hospital ship

a ship built to serve as a hospital, especially used to treat the wounded in wartime and accorded safe passage by international law.
Origin of hospital ship
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On their return trip to pick up more troops, they became a hospital ship, bringing back the casualties of war.
  • The seventh was kept aboard a hospital ship for unspecified reasons.
  • The hospital ship is loaded with medical expertise and supplies.

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